Two Decades of Change: The Australian Labour Market, 1993–2013

15 Pages Posted: 2 Dec 2014

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Roger Wilkins

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

Mark Wooden

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research; IZA Institute of Labor Economics

Date Written: December 2014

Abstract

This article provides a statistical review of the Australian labour market over the two decades to 2013. It examines changes in: the nature of labour supply and participation; labour utilisation; patterns of employment growth across states; the characteristics of jobs; and earnings. The period can reasonably be characterised as one of strong labour market performance: participation, employment and earnings all increased over most of the period, while measures of job insecurity and work intensity moderated and in some cases reversed. However, earnings inequality increased substantially, at least in part reflecting changes in labour demand favouring the most skilled and educated.

Suggested Citation

Wilkins, Roger and Wooden, Mark, Two Decades of Change: The Australian Labour Market, 1993–2013 (December 2014). Australian Economic Review, Vol. 47, Issue 4, pp. 417-431, 2014. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2532753 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/1467-8462.12085

Roger Wilkins (Contact Author)

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research

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Australia

Mark Wooden

University of Melbourne - Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research ( email )

Level 5, FBE Building, 111 Barry Street
Parkville, Victoria 3010
Australia

IZA Institute of Labor Economics

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Bonn, D-53072
Germany

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